From the Principal's Desk

December 5, 2019

Greetings,

     Today, Mid-term Reports come home.  These progress reports are not part of the permanent record and are intended to allow you an occasion to discuss how things are going at school before a permanent grade is recorded.  It is a great opportunity to compliment excellent work and responsible behavior and urge continued effort.

     On Tuesday, Nov. 26th congregation extended a call to a new principal for next year, Mr. Landon Zacharyasz.  Mr. Zacharyasz is currently the Principal at Mt. Olive in Appleton, WI.  He has a master’s degree in Education and is married and with three children.  He has served nine years as a teacher and five years as a Principal in Appleton.  In a letter to our congregation acknowledging our call he requests your prayers.

     Also, Pastor Schroeder has received a call to serve as the President of Crown of Life Christian Academy in Fort Atkinson.  He, too, is looking for your prayers and encouragement.

     Our congregation also elected new officers for the next year.  Mr Casey Holtz was elected Board of Education Chairman and Mr. Dan Young and Mr. Troy Schulz were elected to the board.  Please pray that God bless their leadership of St. John’s educational ministry.  Thank you, Mr. Greggs and Mr. Stauffer, for your service!

     This week we began celebrating Advent with Wednesday services and Fellowship Meals.  Please make time in your schedule to accompany your children to these worship services.  We also ask that you let us know if you have made any special arrangements for your child at these services.  We ask that you meet your child at school.  We are trying to avoid groups of students sitting together unsupervised, as the group behavior might become distracting to others as they worship.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

Praise God for His Advent

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 21, 2019

Greetings,

     Reminder, next week we have school Monday and Tuesday only.  Please take time to worship Wednesday night at 6:45 pm or Thursday at 10:00 am.  Enjoy your family and all the blessings the Lord has given through His church, our country and “sweet life” we lead.

     Please put Tuesday, Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to find a new principal for next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.  Please pray that God might grant us leadership through this call into the future of St. John’s educational ministry.  This night is also the congregation meeting to elect new officers for the coming year.  I want to thank outgoing Board of Ed chairman Pete Stauffer and Childcare Committee chair Adam Greggs.

     As your preparations for Thanksgiving build, please consider a special pause daily at bedtime for a “thank you” prayer for your children, and then again for yourself.  

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

     Students and parents, enjoy the opportunity to share your faith with students and parents of our companion schools and enjoy the competition as our teams compete in tournaments at Mt. Olive and Lamb of God.

Thank God for His Blessings

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 14, 2019

Greetings,

     Please put Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to find a new principal for next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.  Please pray that God might grant us leadership through this call into the future of St. John’s educational ministry. 

     Are your preparations for Thanksgiving starting to build?  Please consider a special pause daily at bedtime for a “thank you” prayer for your children, and then again for yourself.  Need a reminder?  Post Its work great.

     Did you receive our text?  You may need to go to the app and tell it to allow the message to come to your display.  If you did not receive the text, please call/email the office for assistance.  This is the additional way we will notify you of school closings or significant school activities.  So far, about 160 people have signed up for the text service.  We would expect about 200 if each family had at least one phone synced up.

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

     This weekend we start the Basketball season.  Students and parents, enjoy the opportunity to share your faith with students and parents of our companion schools and enjoy the competition.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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November 7, 2019

Greetings,

     Thank you for the time spent discussing student progress and report cards yesterday and today.  Especially in view of the weather, we appreciate your time and interest.

     Please put Nov. 26th on your calendar as the date that we will extend a call to be principal next year.  Our congregation will meet at 6:30 pm and will also elect new officers for the next year.     Mr. Hackbarth continues to consider the call he holds to Neenah.  Please keep him in your prayers that he might see where God can best use his talents. 

     This last Saturday was the Forensics competition for 7th and 8th graders.  Our school sent seven students to the competition.  Annabelle Nault, Morgan Festerling, Brody Ban, and Megan Dvorachek each had perfect scores for three judges and received gold medals.  Please read below to see how the other students did.  Wonderful effort from each of our representatives!

     Did you receive our text?  You may need to go to the app and tell it to allow the message to come to your display.  If you did not receive the text, please call/email the office for assistance.  This is the additional way we will notify you of school closings or significant school activities.

     School Closings for weather are different this year!!!!!  We will not always close when MPS or WISCO close.  When cold weather causes the closings, we may choose to stay open.  We have no students standing in the cold waiting for buses, so we have changed our past practice.  We will send emails, announce on TV, and now also we will text school closings.

      Will you be shopping Kohl’s or Target on Black Friday?  Please consider using school scrip cards for the boost it gives our program.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 31, 2019

Greetings,

   Today is the day for report cards!  Also included with the reports today are the MAP results from the fall testing.  Please check with your child and review how the year is going.  We look forward to meeting with each family for Parent-Teacher Conferences next week Wednesday and Thursday.  We would be happy to answer any questions you have on either report.  The schedule for conferences will be attached to today’s Chronicle.

     Today is Reformation Day.  I want to encourage you to thank God in your personal prayers for church leaders like Martin Luther and then ask God that in the day your faith is challenged, you too will meet the challenge relying on God’s Word and Christ’s love.  One final thing, share your confidence with your children as part of your witness.

     Our Girl’s Cross-Country team won the National Competition Meet!!!! WOW Great work girls and coaches.  Thanks for representing us so successfully.  In fact, thank you to all the coaches of our fall sports program.  We can offer our students so many choices because of your efforts and support.  THANK YOU!

     Today, Wisco published their honor roll for the First Quarter.  We have 44 grads at WLHS and 27 of them (60%) made the honor roll.  Keep up the great work and thank the Lord for His blessings on you.

     This Saturday is the Forensics competition for 7th and 8th graders.  Next week, I plan to share the impressive results of the efforts of our students.

     Please keep Mr. Nate Schultz in your prayers as he deliberates the call we extended to be Principal next year.  Also, Mr. Keith Hackbarth has received a call to teach at our synod school in Neenah as their 6th grade teacher.  Please ask the Lord that he see where his service might best be used for God’s work.

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 23, 2019

Greetings,

    Last Tuesday night, our congregation called Mr. Nathan Schultz to be the principal of St. John’s in 2020.  Mr. Schultz is 37 years old and is currently serving in Hartford, WI as a vice-principal in our synod’s Principal Training Program.  He concludes that program this spring having earned his second master’s degree.  He is married and has three school aged children.  He has 14 years’ experience as a teacher/administrator.  Please include Mr. Schultz in your prayers.  Ask the Lord to meet his needs and ours through this call.

      THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF CONFERENCES COMING UP!  DON’T GET CONFUSED.  Last week you received a request to schedule a Parent-Teacher Conference for the first week of November.  Please help us schedule your conference at a time that is most convenient for you.  We do want to meet with every parent!  The basis of the conferences will be the 1st Quarter report card that will come out Thursday, Oct. 31st and the information from the MAP testing for the students in grades 2-8.  Upper grade parents, you may request multiple teachers if you have concerns for a teacher other than the home room teacher, but you are not required to meet with each teacher. 

    Tomorrow and Friday (October 25 and26) are the days of State Teacher’s Conference so remember there is NO school those days.  St. John’s Childcare will be open.

     Do you have some old shoes to get rid of?  YES, YOU DO!  Please stuff them in a plastic bag and drop them off in the box in the School Commons or by the Childcare entrance. 

Thank God for His Blessings

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 17, 2019

Greetings,

    On Tuesday night, our congregation called Mr. Nathan Schultz to be the principal of St. John’s in 2020.  Mr. Schultz is 37 years old and is currently serving in Hartford, WI as a vice-principal in our synod’s Principal Training Program.  He concludes that program this spring having earned his second master’s degree.  He is married and has three school aged children.  He has 14 years’ experience as a teacher/administrator.  Please include Mr. Schultz in your prayers.  Ask the Lord to meet his needs and ours through this call.

     Is the Fall Festival on you calendar?  Enter October 20th 3pm. for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

     I want to encourage you to consider the Scrip Program.  We have a couple of Ruby Tuesday gift cards for $15 each that we would like to sell. The scrip cards are available any time from the school office or send a check and we will get the card to you. 

     Tomorrow most of our school will be walking to Wisco to watch the Marching Band perform its routine for this year.  If you see 200 students, big kids paired with little kids, walking down 84th, honk your horn and give us a wave.

     It’s time for Bedtime Blessings!!  Click Here for more information.

     THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF CONFERENCES COMING UP!  DON’T GET CONFUSED.   This week you received a request to schedule a Parent-Teacher Conference for the first week of November. Please help us schedule your conference at a time that is most convenient for you.  We do want to meet with every parent!  The basis of the conferences will be the 1st Quarter report card that will come out Thursday, Oct. 31st and the information from the MAP testing for the students in grades 2-8.  Upper grade parents, you may request multiple teachers if you have concerns for a teacher other than the home room teacher, but you are not required to meet with each teacher. 

     Next Thursday and Friday (Oct. 25,26) are the days of State Teacher’s Conference so remember there is no school those days.  St. John’s Childcare will be open.

     Do you have some old shoes to get rid of?  YES, YOU DO!  Please stuff them in a plastic bag and drop them off in the box in the School Commons or by the Childcare entrance. 

Thank God for His Blessings,

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 10, 2019

Greetings,

     TUESDAY NIGHT OCT. 15th CALL MEETING 6:30pm  Please plan to participate in this important meeting to call my replacement for next year.  There will be a discussion before the voting on who we should call and all are welcome to attend and speak.  We expect synod to supply about 5-6 choices based on the input from our Board of Education.   

     Would you open your house to an International Student for the second semester?  We have a male 7-8 grade student who has applied for whom we need housing.  He would arrive January 6th to start his studies here at St. John’s.  All expenses are covered by a monthly stipend of $900.  Students participate in after-school sports if your child does.  Please contact me for more information if you would consider this opportunity.

     Is the Fall Festival on you calendar?  Enter October 20th 3pm. for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.

     I want to encourage you to consider the Scrip Program.  Are you going to go to TGI Fridays at the stadium for a last look?  We have one card for $25 that we would like to sell. The scrip cards are available any time from the school office or send a check and we will get the card to you. 

     This is the season for playoffs.  Not only baseball but also, our Boy’s and Girl’s Cross-Country teams are in the Lutheran National competitions.  Last week the Girl’s won the Lutheran State meet taking six of the first ten places.  Congratulations to Emma Close (1st), Eva Kuehn (2nd), Ana Buske (3rd), Reina Ebeling (4th), Beth Langebartels (8th) and Emma Lindert (10th).  Our Soccer team is wrapping up a great year in their playoffs and our Volleyball teams are in the season ending tournaments.  Our students are having a great Fall sport season!

     Watch for the results of our Forensics teams the first week of November.

     Next week Friday, most of our school will be walking to Wisco to watch the Marching Band perform its routine for this year.  If you see 200 students, big kids paired with little kids, walking down 84th, honk your horn and give us a wave.

     One last date to get on your calendar, Oct. 23rd for Bedtime Blessings!!  Click Here for more information.

Thank God for His Blessings

~Mr. Uecker~



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October 3, 2019

Greetings,

     Congratulations to 13 students who participated in the Wisconsin Lutheran Principals' Conference Spelling Contest last Saturday.  Read the article below to see which 6 were in the top ten for their level. 

     Would you open your house to an International Student for the second semester?  We have a male 7-8 grade student who has applied for whom we need housing.  He would arrive January 6th to start his studies here at St. John’s.  All expenses are covered by a monthly stipend of $900.  Students participate in after-school sports if your child does.  Please contact me for more information if you would consider this opportunity.

     I want to encourage you to consider the Scrip Program.  We are trying to increase the use of this opportunity to help pay for things that are not included in the budget.  The scrip cards are available any time from the school office.  This week please consider buying Krispy Kreme, Chile’s or Burger King.  You get breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

     The results are in and posted in the Commons hallway.  If you want to see who is physically fit, you may read the wall or click here.  Thanks to those parents who made our Presidential Physical Fitness day a success.  You were there so you know we could not do this without your volunteer help.  As is true in so many ways, parent participation makes us a better school. Thanks.

     This week and next week are MAP testing (Measure of Academic Progress) weeks.  This testing process provides 3 check points each year to see how your child is progressing through grades 2-8.  It does not compare them to classmates, it compares their prior growth to their present level and sets goals for the next three months for the end of January testing.  Each test question is based on the success of answering the prior question, so the test adapts to each child’s abilities.  Please ask your child how they feel they are doing and encourage them to do their best.       

Thank God for His Blessings

~Mr. Uecker~



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September 26, 2019

Greetings,

      Did you remember that this is the last week for shorts to be worn to school?  October 1st we start covering knee caps.

    Today is the end of the Mid Term. Reports are coming home today.  These informal reports are not part of any permanent record and are intended to let you know how things are going after the first weeks of school and before the report cards are issued four weeks from now.

      Good luck and God's blessings to the 16 students who have been selected to participate in the Wisconsin Lutheran Principals' Conference Spelling Contest this Saturday, September 28th at 8:30am. 

     I want to encourage you to consider the Scrip Program.  We are trying to increase the use of this opportunity to help pay for things that are not included in the budget.  The scrip cards are available any time from the school office.  This week please consider buying Krispy Kreme, Chile’s or Burger King.  You get breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

     Special thank you to the families that donated the funds to allow us to recondition the gym floor and add digital monitors to the Commons area.  Your gifts help us improve our programs.

Thank God for His Blessings and the Opportunity to Share Them!

~Mr. Uecker~

 


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